How to Pronounce “Ukulele”

It’s the LAST day to register for our Ukule-Along classes…In fact, you really only have another few hours!  You can register for 1, 2 or all 3 sessions this summer, and get the chance to improve your playing, jam with others and generally just have fun at The Music Center.

And remember, you don’t have to say it, you just have to play it… But just for fun, here are two of our Music Center regulars discussing how to pronounce “Ukulele.”

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5 Extra Perks from your Ballet Preljocaj Ticket

As if a world class show isn’t enough, use your Ballet Preljocaj tickets or proof of purchase to unlock all kinds of goodies and perks from our friends around LA.  Here’s 5 extra perks from your Ballet Preljocaj ticket….


Artisan House

Artisan House is a gathering place—a restaurant and market where quality and community are infused in every detail and where all are welcome.  Bring your Ballet Preljocaj ticket or proof of purchase in the week of the show, and receive 10% off your purchase in the restaurant or at the market! Artisan House is passionate about the planet, food, service, about their customers, and about having a good time. They believe that one should be able to find quality food, grown sustainably by local farmers, prepared by gifted masters, and presented by wait staff schooled in the finer arts of service, all in an inviting atmosphere that is comfortable and close by.



Your Neighborhood Studio

Your Ballet Preljocaj ticket also entitles you to a special $7 introductory dance class at Your Neighborhood Studio in downtown Los Angeles!  Check out their website for a complete list of classes and schedules.




Take your Ballet Preljocaj ticket to Noe’s Restaurant and bar in the Omni Hotel the day of the performance and get 15% off your bill!  Perfect for a pre-show meal, or a post-show cocktail!  Cheers!





Bring your Ballet Preljocaj ticket or proof of purchase, to Canelé Restaurant the whole week leading up to the shows through Sunday June 22nd and get a complimentary glass of wine with dinner!  This sweet little farm-to-table restaurant is nestled in LA’s ultra-hip Atwater Village neighborhood and offers beautiful, unfussy Mediterranean food and pastries Bordelaise, in a causal laid-back setting.



Monsieur Marcel Gourmet Market

Get 10% off any Monsieur Marcel private label products at their French Gourmet Market at the Original Farmers Market on 3rdand Fairfax with proof of your Ballet Preljocaj ticket purchase. Offering an exceptional selection of upscale domestic, imported and private label artisanal products, Monsieur Marcel’s Gourmet Market will delight francophiles and foodies alike!




Music from the Motor City

Motown, The Stooges, KISS and The White Stripes – There’s no denying that there has been some incredible music from the Motor City over the years!  This year we’re going to celebrate it with our 1st Friday Night Sing Along event of the summer – The Detroit Sound.

Friday Night Sing-Along

Gather your favorite, musically-inclined friends and meet us at the W.M. Keck Amphitheater behind Walt Disney Concert Hall, this Friday, June 20th from 6:30-8pm.   Then be ready to sing along to all the Detroit hits like Superstition and Mustang Sally!  The event is free and open to all ages, but space is limited, so get here early if you want a good spot.

And because Friday still feels like a ways away, here’s a playlist of tunes to get you in the mood….Enjoy!



Go Metro to the Music Center!

As much as we love Los Angeles, the traffic and parking is always a challenge – And a frustrating and expensive one at that.  So whenever we can, we try to take the Metro.  With stops at Civic Center and Grand Park, Metro is one of the easiest methods for getting downtown to The Music Center.  Check out our travel tips on our website for more information and start planning your route!

And since we love Metro riders so much, we regularly work with Metro to offer special Destination Discounts around our shows and events.  Right now Metro riders can “tap and save” 20% off tickets to Ballet Preljocaj this weekend.  Just show your TAP card at the box office and you snag the deal!

Check out Metro’s website for more details and keep an eye out for more cool perks to come!

Ballerinas Love Metro! image source

Ballerinas Love Metro!
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You’re Invited: Ballet Preljocaj Pre-Party at the Ace Hotel

Well, the big week has finally arrived.  The week we welcome cutting-edge contemporary dance company Ballet Preljocaj back to The Music Center.  They made a splash in 2012 with their rendition of Snow White and now they’re back with the North American premiere of Les Nuits (The Nights) – A sensual interpretation of the A Thousand and One Nights stories.

We can hardly wait for the performances, but we’ve partnered with the new Ace Hotel in downtown LA to cook up a little something to tide us over till opening night this Friday.  We’re talking about a pre-performance party (oh yeah) and everyone’s invited!

Grab a drink and take in the beautiful skyline of our glorious city, while you gab it up with cast and crew from the show.  Groove to a set from Dublab’s DJ Frosty as he mixes tunes from Les Nuits and score a sweet deal on tickets if you’re still in need of seats for the show.  It all kicks off this Wednesday from 5-8pm on the roof at the new Ace at 9th and Broadway.

See you there!

Strummers of Summer

It’s that time of year, where the strummers of summer come out to play…. I’m talking about Ukule-Along!  These are inexpensive sessions for any amateur uke players* who want to learn some new songs, brush up on their skills and just jam with friends at The Music Center!  And honestly, nothing sounds more like summer to us than the sweet sounds of hundreds of ukuleles in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion!  Watch our video for an inside look at the program and head over to our website to reserve your space at any of our three sessions.


* Exclusively for adult (18 years and older) amateur musicians only. Kindly bring your own ukulele and music stand.